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State budget Georgia on their mind Terps head to Atlanta knowing it’s their last chance to Dance must be cut by $500M BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer
The view from Gary Williams’ eyes was much different last time the head coach was in the Georgia Dome. Williams and his Terrapin men’s basketball team were on top of the ladder, both literally and figuratively, as they cut down the nets following their 2002 NCAA Championship victory. In this year’s ACC Tournament, Williams and the Terps will play at the Georgia Dome for the first time since that momentous title. And to get back to the NCAA Tournament, it’s widely believed the Terps will have to do precisely what they did last time in the dome — win two games. “We went in there [in 2002] with the idea that we’re playing well,” Williams said. “We didn’t play great, but we just played our game. That’s the key to any tournament — ACC Tournament, NCAA Tournament — just play. If you’re a good team and you play well, that’s good enough. You just want to play your game.” After losing to Virginia last Saturday and falling to 18-12 (7-9 ACC), the
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Estimated revenue shortfall could impact tuition freeze BY ALLISON STICE Senior staff writer
More than $500 million must be cut from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) proposed budget as the money the state collects from taxes continues to fall short of forecasts, state officials said yesterday. Few were surprised by the grim revenue estimates released yesterday, which show the state will receive $1.1 billion less over the next two years than previously
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SGA restructuring proposal withdrawn
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Regents set to approve room, board rate hike BY ALLISON STICE
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thought. But officials said the direness of the state’s budget situation leaves open the possibility of tuition hikes or cuts to funding for the state’s universities. “There’s no more fat to be trimmed. We’re really cutting in the flesh now, and it takes a skillful hand,” O’Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said. “The governor and his budget team must go back to the drawing board in
Room and board at the university is likely to increase by 3 percent next year after a key committee approved the rate hike yesterday. The Board of Regents’ Finance Committee’s approval of the increase is a typical move made almost
yearly to align the fees with the rising costs of inflation and upkeep. The full Board of Regents — a group of 17 gubernatorial appointees who oversees the university system — will need to approve the increase at its meeting in April before it becomes official.
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Sachs, Lyons say resolution did not garner much support from legislators BY DERBY COX Staff writer
Two leading SGA officials withdrew their proposal to significantly restructure the organization, saying legislators had reservations about the plan. The plan, which would have eliminated the Student Government Association’s vice president of academic affairs position and changed the title of two others, was meant to make the SGA more closely mirror a
good communication on what we state government rather than were trying to do. the university administration. “We just felt like it was best if Matt Lyons, the speaker of we kind of revamped our strategy the SGA Legislature, and SGA and went to the drawing board President Jonathan Sachs, and had more input from everydecided to withdraw the bill one so we can all understand after talking to legislators who MATT LYONS had doubts about the restruc- SPEAKER OF THE LEGISLATURE what we’re doing and come to common agreement about how turing. “I spoke to a number of people, just get- best to make SGA more efficient.” ting general feedback from legislators,” Lyons said. “It seemed like there was not Please See SGA, Page 3
County police program to assess housing safety SafeNet will determine if rental properties meet security standards BY NICK RHODES Staff writer
In an effort to make homes safer and reduce crime in the area, Prince George’s County Police are launching a new program they say will educate students and increase landlord accountability. The initiative, called SafeNet, will help residents know if their landlords and property managers are taking the necessary steps to keep them safe, police and property owners said. However, the program’s proponents are still working to make stu-
dents aware of its existence. Eventually, police said they hope SafeNet-registered homes will be in high demand because of their reputation as the “safer” places to live. “I’m hoping it can give a piece of mind to residents and landowners and parents,” said Prince George’s County Police Sgt. Matthew Stauffer, who co-created the program with Lisa Miller, president of the Prince George’s Property Owners Association. Landlords and homeowners join SafeNet by allowing the police to inspect their property. Police check doors, windows and light-
ing, among other factors. If the property fails in any area, they are required to make changes or repairs and bring it up to a minimum acceptable standard. After passing the inspection, the property is labeled “secure.” Police still list strong points and potential weaknesses of the property to help the landlords and owners further improve security. Landlords will also be required to go over all rules and regulations with tenants during lease signing. Residents receive a
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REVENUE, from Page 1 order to meet the constitutionally obligated goal of balancing the budget.” Although no specific areas for cuts have been identified, legislators will undoubtedly scrutinize higher education funding. “It’s too early to say, although with this new news, I think all bets are off,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan. “Protecting higher education has been a high priority for the state and I am sure that will continue, but even if it’s a high priority, if the [revenue loss] is deep enough, it could have an impact.” Any cuts made to the university system would be particularly damaging because more than $50 million in mid-year cuts this year wiped out the reserves the system had to cushion any further finan-
cial blows, said Joe Vivona, the university system’s vice chancellor for administration and finance. State Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert and Prince George’s) reiterated his suggestion that the state raise tuition instead of laying off more than 700 employees. Money from a federal stimulus package passed last month had eliminated the possibility of layoffs, but yesterday’s depressing numbers mean the option is back on the table. Overall, university and system officials will have to make a strong case to hold on to the minor funding increase and the tuition freeze for a fourth year in a row. “There are people down here who fight very hard to cut higher education,” said State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Anne Arundel and Prince George’s). “Now is a time
when everyone — staff, faculty, students — ought to get on the phone and call their legislators to tell them how important the tuition freeze is.” Calls for steady funding to the state’s colleges and universities have been gaining traction in Annapolis, as more and more legislators are supporting investment in higher education as a way of battling the recession. But the magnitude of the shortfall may mean even supporters don’t have an alternative, Vivona said. “What I would say is, longterm, the investment is going to hold up,” he said. “It is understood as a truth now that the way out of this is through a more internationally competitive workforce. It’s not like in the past — back then, they would have cut us.” The projections, which were released yesterday by the Board of
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Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak (left) and Kavian Milani speak at “A Legacy Lost: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Iran” last night. JAMES B. HALE/THE DIAMONDBACK
An overlooked human rights crisis in Iran JAMES B. HALE Staff writer
When Kavian Milani tried to enroll in an Iranian college in 1985, he was denied entrance. He was a good student and scored well on tests, but was discriminated against for practicing his religion, Baha’i. Milani, who is the director of the Baha’i division of Human Rights Activists in Iran, spoke with university professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak at “A Legacy Lost: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Iran,” held by the University Baha’i Club on Wednesday night. They talked to students and guests about Baha’i persecution in Iran, an often overlooked issue in this part of the world. Baha’i is a nearly 200-year-old religion that believes in one God unified by all prophets of other religions. Baha’i stresses equality and unity of all people, according to the club’s website. Milani said the persecution he faced 24 years ago still exists in Iran today. Baha’is in Iran are arrested, tortured and executed based solely on their religious be-
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liefs, he said. Century-old prejudices fuel the hatred toward Baha’i in the region, said Milani. Baha’is are expelled from schools, stripped of land and forced out of businesses as a result of discrimination. “It’s the only case in the world right now where there is actually religious persecution of a community,” Milani said. He said the crisis goes mostly unknown because of the narrow view of Iran in the media and the passive nature Baha’is have adopted after years of being held down. Karimi-Hakkak said the actions of the Iranian government don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of the people. He said many Iranians do not agree with the persecution of Baha’is. “The Iranian state is not the Iranian nation,” he said. In addition, people of many other religions oppose Baha’i discrimination in Iran. Milani said that idea of cross-religious support should be global. “I think the suffering of any human being is the suffering of the collective,” he said. “It’s a human rights crisis and it’s a
moral imperative for people to get involved because it involves all of us.” Freshman kinesiology major Jackie Ward said she didn’t know much about the situation before attending the discussion, but said the dialogue made her see the importance of the situation. “It was eye-opening,” she said. “It would be good to tell everyone what’s going on over there.” Ben Kolodner, chairman of the University Baha’i Club and a sophomore computer engineering major, said it’s important for people in the campus community to learn about world crises like the one in Iran. “This world we’re seeing is becoming smaller and smaller. It’s our obligation to ourselves and to humanity to get involved,” he said. Milani said the nature of Baha’is is to not sit down on a matter of human rights. It is to stand up and fight for what they believe is right. “As Baha’is we are not value neutral,” he said. “We stand for equality.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Revenue Estimates, are for the next two years. The first $446 million is for this fiscal year and is due to what David Roose, the board’s executive secretary, called the worst state tax collections on record for individual income tax payments. The $716 million decline for next year has its roots in sluggish revenue from sales taxes. The newly altered predictions mean state legislators will have to make decisions quickly to approve the spending plan before the session wraps on April 13. But none have been made yet. Yesterday, O’Malley huddled
with budget advisers and other state officials to begin piecing together ways to address the shortfall, but the governor didn’t have any quick answers. “I wish I had more details to share with you all about how we’re going to come up with this, but we’re working on all of that right now,” O’Malley told reporters during a break. Even before the announcement, the state’s budget was already stretched thin. O’Malley’s proposal had to eliminate a $2 billion budget deficit and was smaller than the previous year’s budget
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for the first time in decades. While the state is getting $3.8 billion from the federal stimulus package, much of the money has to be spent on certain areas like K-12 education and Medicaid, Adamec said. Overall, it frees up a relatively small amount of state funds. “It’s not money we can plug budget holes with, nor would we want to, because that’s not sustainable and couldn’t carry over from year to year,” he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. email@example.com.
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INCREASE, from Page 1 Cliff Kendall, the chairman of the board, said the full committee will almost certainly approve the hike. Dorm room costs will go up $147 for a yearly fee of $5,549, while students in on-campus suites with kitchens will pay $153 more than last year, a 2.7 percent increase for both. Board fees, which cover dining plans and other amenities, will go up $121 for a total of $3,828 each year. The subcommittee did not increase parking fees for on-campus or commuter students. Room and board are self-supported charges, which means the state doesn’t toss in a penny to help maintain dorms or fund Dining Services. “For... housing and board, those costs are not supported by the state. They stand on their own,” Kendall said. When prices of meals and maintenance go up, student fees have to cover the difference. Student fees also fund transportation, Dining Services, Resident Life, as well as student groups. “As general inflation takes
place, quite naturally, we have to raise fees to cover increased costs, and they are certainly within the range that I would call modest to moderate,” said University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan. “There is nothing troubling students should find about this, nothing unusual that took place today.” The subcommittee raised room and board costs at the nine institutions that have dormitories in the University System of Maryland. Most institutions will see higher percentage increases than this university — for example, room will increase by 5 percent at Coppin and Bowie State universities. However, this university is second only to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in both room and board costs. Kirwan doubts the increase will deter prospective students. “Campuses have worked very hard to keep costs low,” he said. “Our fees are not out of line with what universities charge around the country and, quite frankly, I think that many universities are raising fees higher than we are.” firstname.lastname@example.org
The organization also voted yesterday to spend $5,000 to fund the construction of a bus shelter near Regents Drive Garage. Under Sachs and Lyons’ plan, the elected vice president of academic affairs would have been eliminated, the senior vice president would simply become the vice president, and the vice president for financial affairs would become the comptroller. The vice president for academic affairs’ duties would have been split between the executive board, the legislature and a new cabinet position to be created in a later bill. The SGA president appoints cabinet members. The main duty of the vice president for academic affairs is to chair a committee of students who advises Provost Nariman Farvardin on academic issues. Opponents of the bill said the position was too important to eliminate. The bill was supposed to be part of a larger effort by the SGA this semester to restructure the organization to increase its efficiency, Sachs and Lyons said last week, but this bill’s timing was critical. Because of the coming SGA elections where the student body will select a vice president of academic affairs, it is too late to
change the executive board for next year. “I feel like changing [the executive structure] would have improved the organization a lot,” Sachs said. “But not changing it isn’t going to be detrimental. That’s why we decided to withdraw the bill.” Outlying Commuter Legislator Steve Glickman said the bill was not in the best interest of students and that it was a mistake to prevent students from directly electing an academic representative. “Everybody’s first and foremost reason for being at the university is to get a degree,” he said. “Why would we get rid of someone who represents our interests in our academics? ... Students are just as qualified to make a decision on who should represent them academically as anyone within the SGA.” Lyons said some legislators he talked to were concerned the move would deemphasize the SGA’s work on academics. Others were “protective” of Vice President of Academic Affairs Sterling Grimes, “because of all the hard work he put in this year and all the good work he’s done,” Lyons said, but his performance was unrelated to the bill. “The idea that this gets rid of the vice president of academic affairs position is unfair,” Sachs
said. “It gives academic responsibilities to a lot of people, a lot of people who were elected.” Some of the blame for misconceptions on the bill, Sachs and Lyons said, falls on them for not doing a better job of communicating the overall restructuring plan, which they said might have encouraged legislators to support the measure. The rest of the restructuring plan will change the way the legislature and executive interact, Lyons said. “I could have a done better job of articulating what was going on,” Sachs said, adding that he felt the process was transparent. “But at the same point it’s the legislators’ responsibility to understand both sides of an issue, and jumping to conclusions doesn’t help that.” Kate Bodner, an engineering legislator, said she felt the overall plan for restructuring “hasn’t been fully revealed yet. ... We all have a vague idea of what’s going to happen. Currently I think the legislators are not completely clueless but maybe a little in the dark.” But, she said, legislators understood this bill. In order to avoid further restructuring problems, Sachs said he would change tactics in the future. “I have an idea of what the re-
make of SGA is going to look like, and instead of explaining it, I didn’t. I should have,” he said. Grimes said he was pleased with the change in restructuring strategy, which Lyons said would involve working sessions where SGA members could voice their opinions on the issue. “At least for one more year, the students will be able to elect a student who is their voice on academic issues,” Grimes said. Later in the meeting, the legislature passed the bill to jointly fund a bus shelter with the Department of Transportation. DOTS will pay for the cement pad and wiring for the shelter, which Outlying Commuter Legislator Seth Clute, who sponsored the bill, said would cost about $3,000 to $4,000. The SGA will spend the remaining $5,000, which is a relatively small amount of the SGA’s budget. Before the shelter can be built, Facilities Management must approve it to ensure it fits in aesthetically with the campus, which, Clute said, would complicate finding a suitable shelter design. Such shelters can cost around $20,000, he said, although he said he was hoping a cheaper shelter design could be found and built during the summer.
Students hopeful landlord program will lead to increased safety SAFETY, from Page 1 booklet from police providing safety tips, important numbers and other information. Police will also periodically check SafeNet-registered housing to make sure landlords continue to be compliant, Stauffer said. Stauffer said police previously went door-to-door in the first three weeks of every semester to encourage safety, but their advice was being shrugged off and their brochures thrown away. It was also difficult to keep up with the high turnover of students in the housing units and proved to be a time-consuming commitment. They realized the best way to get information out was at the
first step — during lease meetings between landlords and tenants. Stauffer said many landlords are excited about the program and feel its long-term benefits will outweigh its costs. “I think the vast majority of landlords want to do the right thing,” Stauffer said. After about a year of planning, the program is ready to be introduced, Miller said. She and Stauffer hope the association’s annual meeting can be SafeNet’s “coming out party” and that once it’s presented at the meeting, a domino effect will ensue and more property owners will jump onboard. Miller stressed that the program still leaves much of the responsibility to students to
keep themselves and their property safe. “We shouldn’t have to babysit kids, but if you can work with them with that knowledge it can go a long way to helping them,” Miller said. Both said they believe most burglaries in College Park are due to open windows and doors rather than physical break-ins. Miller, a College Park property owner for 27 years, said she believes better informed students will lead to less crime. “That’s the hope, that your personal security as well as your security while you’re in the house can certainly improve with some basic common sense,” she said. “The hope is [criminals will] just go
elsewhere.” Students generally have not heard about the program, an obstacle Miller said SafeNet will have to face upon its inception. She is relying on word of mouth between landlords and students as well as some advertisements and publicity on housing websites to help popularize it. Junior government and politics major Sean Kibby lives in a Knox Box on Guilford Drive. Upon learning about the program, he said he was glad it will be available to his landlord and it could very well affect where he chooses to live in the future. “Students will be drawn to [SafeNet],” Kibby said. “I will
definitely be drawn to it.” Senior fire protection engineering major Alyson Blair, who had not heard of SafeNet either, said she recognizes the dangers she faces living on College Avenue and thinks such a program could potentially make a noticeable difference. “I wouldn’t really walk around by myself at night, and I do have mace on my keychain,” she said. “I do think it is a really good program.” Blair expressed concern that with a lack of available housing options in the city, students are less concerned with safety. “With there being a housing crunch, I think in general people don’t really care [about
safety],” she said. “People put up with really shitty housing arrangements just because it’s convenient to them.” Blair said the program would make students more accountable for their actions and less likely to blame the house or landlord. If a majority of landlords were a part of the program, it could potentially keep criminals out of the town, she added. “It’s not like you can put a fence around College Park and keep out people from the outside,” she added. “It would assure that all the houses are safe. It takes out the element of the house.” email@example.com
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Inequality, inefficiency and incorporation
Contract negotiations for the new University Book Center aren’t going the way books you’re going to need. All the pieces are in place to implement a true barter systhat students had hoped. Instead of getting a student run co-op, they’re getting a big tem; the programmers just need to write the code. Knowing what you have to offer corporation. While Members of Students for a Democratic Society have also been and what you’re after, the site could automatically pair you with any other student pushing for a free used book exchange to be housed in UBC, that seems unlikely also. who has a book that you’re looking for, and who is looking for a book that you’re lookBut even if the contract negotiations aren’t working out, all hope isn’t lost. The ing to dump. Let’s say, for example, that you’re just finishing out a semester of GVPT 100, and members of SDS are asking a productive question: How can the middleman be cut out to keep mark-ups to a minimum and make textbooks as affordable as possible? next semester you’re slated to take ASTR 100. The site will automatically pair you up with someone who has just finished up the astronomy course, and Even if a full-blown physical exchange center can’t be set up in the is looking to take the intro government course next semester. And newly reconstituted UBC, there might be an easier way to get the here’s the real beauty: even if the books are of unequal value, you project off the ground. and the other student can work out a trade that you both think is OurUMD.com is a scheduling and professor-rating website A free online book fair. Say, your copy of The Federalist Papers plus $10 in exchange started by two students back in Oct. 2007. Offering information exchange is a practical for the astronomy textbook. A true win-win situation. Only the free of charge, the site was immediately popular, with more than businesses that turn a profit by marking up used textbooks lose out. 300,000 hits in its first week of existence. The website also features way to find savings. Sasha Slutsker, co-founder and administrator of OurUMD.com, a free book exchange for students. The book exchange is currently a fairly simple affair: Students list books they are says the website already has all of the components necessary to put together such a looking to sell and set an asking price. But the website has the foundation for a system free book exchange, and we hope it happens. Slutsker and the other students who that allows you to get the books you need and get rid of the books you’re done with — have put time, energy and ingenuity into offering the student body a valuable service deserve every student’s gratitude — we certainly offer them ours. SDS’ proposals all without having to reach for that check card. Once you’ve signed up with OurUMD, you’ve already entered your schedule from were largely dismissed because they were deemed financially infeasible. Somethe current semester, so it knows what textbooks you have at the moment. And you times, though, the answer isn’t trying to beat The Man. In cases like these, it can just just finished putting together your schedule for next semester, so it knows what be a matter of some outside-the-box thinking to keep The Man outside your business.
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Participatory budgeting: For us, by us
veryone knows that access to higher education plays a crucial role in enabling upward social mobility. But given the increasing costs of higher education, is Maryland’s flagship university doing enough to ensure that everyone has the same access to a quality college education? I would argue that even with the tuition freeze, students are asked to pay too much. Don’t get me wrong; I know that the school has lost funding from the state and is still fighting hard against this economic downturn to keep funding secure and maintain the tuition freeze. I’m not suggesting that university President Dan Mote should magically come up with millions of dollars — instead, I want to propose a new budgeting method that would save the university money and at the same time increase revenue. (OK, so maybe it is a kind of magic.) I’m suggesting that we follow the advice of the United Nations, European Union, World Bank and countless other international organizations and imple-
ZLATIC ment participatory budgeting here at this university. What is participatory budgeting? It’s been defined as a form of direct, deliberative, universal democracy that lets all stakeholders discuss budget initiatives and make relevant decisions. In the past 30 years, participatory budgeting has been implemented worldwide with unbelievable success in ensuring transparency and accountability, aiding development and increasing efficiency. Here’s how it works: A small part of the capital budget (the part used for short-term expenses, not things such as salaries or maintenance) is set aside for participatory budgeting. Then, “neighborhoods” (small sub-divisions such as colleges or dorms) hold meetings to dis-
cuss the budget and the budgeting process, and to learn about how to propose new initiatives. Each “neighborhood” suggests projects that should be funded and presents them at a city-wide (in our case, university-wide) meeting. Anyone interested in participating is allowed to speak, but only stakeholders (students, faculty, staff — the exact definition of a stakeholder should be defined at the start of the process) can vote. The group discusses how money should be spent and decides by vote which projects or initiatives it will fund. The participatory budget then becomes part of the official university budget and the money is spent. However, participants should be given easy access to information about the status of participatory budgeting initiatives so they can track the implementation process. At this point, I bet you’re saying, “Yeah, right, ask people to go to meetings? No one would show up.” Actually, as the number of students running for University Senate this year might indicate, we’re not all as apathetic as many may
think. In fact, if past experience from around the world is any indication, participatory budgeting tends to draw large numbers of people, especially those who don’t normally participate. If you can trust me on that last point (I would love to put examples and references here, but I have a word limit and footnotes don’t work too well in a newspaper), there’s still one big problem preventing participatory budgeting from becoming the new, innovative budgeting strategy that would make the university a leader among its peers. None of this can work without strong support: both topdown and bottom-up. The first step is getting someone up there in the president’s office to notice this proposal and agree, then we — students, faculty and staff — need to make it known that we’re ready and willing to get involved and guide policy to benefit us, as well as the university. Lida Zlatic is a senior art history and classics major and a member of the University Senate. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fmylife.com: Life lessons with a chuckle
t’s funny how life works out sometimes. Take, for instance, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Good guy. Impeached one day, six-figure book deal the next. But for you, me and the average, everyday person, we are not so lucky. Showing up to a study group and realizing you’ve outlined the wrong chapters. Walking into class and realizing it’s a snow day. In our daily lives, we run into many problems. They would be hilarious — except that they happened to us. Take, for instance, that time last summer when I asked my boss at The Baltimore Sun why a recently laid-off coworker had not been in the newsroom for a few days. That was awkward. Or that time last May when I asked my friend when his birthday was
— on his birthday. No joke. It wasn’t funny. Sometimes, though, it’s more fun and a little less awkward to read about other people’s misfortunes. Anonymously. With virtually no chance of ever meeting them. That’s where www.fmylife.com comes into play. Maybe I’m a little bit late into this craze. I don’t know. Wouldn’t be the first time. But here is what I do know: I have learned more in a few short days than in my almost three years of college. No, I’m not talking about extremely relevant topics such as the structure of the U.S. Congress. I’m talking about life skills, life lessons. Take this post from March 3: “Today, I was walking down the street and I
COHEN saw a 20 dollar bill on the floor. I thought it fell out of the pocket of the man in front of me so I decided to do the right thing and I asked him if he dropped it. He said yes and took it. I later realized the 20 dollars was mine. FML.” Lesson: The fewer questions you ask, the better. Especially true at the university. But what’s the bigger lesson? For certain people, no bad deed goes punished. But for the rest of us, maybe it’s
like the old saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Just take the case of 58-year-old Jim Moffett. He got off his bus to help two elderly women cross a busy Denver street during a heavy snowstorm. Moffett then pushed three people out of the path of an on-coming pickup before he was hit himself. He suffered “bleeding in the brain, broken bones, a dislocated shoulder and a possible ruptured spleen,” according to an Associated Press news report. He was also ticketed for jaywalking. Sure, Moffett must have been happy to be alive. But you know exactly what he was thinking the next day. Joel Cohen is a junior government and politics major. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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JONATHAN S. MILLER We hear these economic pundits daily on public radio with their pronouncements about what is wrong with the economy. But their pronouncements are conservative and accepting of the system as is, as if there could not possibly be any other economic arrangement for the United States or the world — other than socialism, which, perhaps understandably, none of them want. But is there another economic alternative out there that might solve our present problems that no one is talking about? Yes, there is. Why not abolish corporations? By this, I of course don’t mean to physically destroy them, outlaw them, say they can’t exist or say they can’t continue to call themselves “corporations.” What I mean by this is simply to take away all of their government-based legal privileges and watch them wither on the vine, or at least break up into smaller units. And by government-based legal privileges, I have in mind, primarily, limited liability and laws regarding a corporation as a person with both responsibilities and rights, such as free speech. If these legal privileges and rights were taken away, it would divide these artificially large economic units, which are now stagnating the economy, into smaller ones. It is these conglomerates that prevent quick recovery in an economic downturn. Does anyone now seriously think an explosion of economic activity wouldn’t follow the freeing up of the land, capital and resources now locked up in these major corporations; that people would still simply sit on their hands and do nothing; that they wouldn’t find a way to get out of the economic doldrums now slowly engulfing the nation in a 1930s-style depression? There are also moral reasons for abolishing corporations, or the laws and privileges that make them possible in their present form. Since a corporation is not alive and therefore cannot benefit from the rights it receives, those benefits accrue to the flesh and blood members of the corporation — the investors and the stockholders. This comes at the expense of the rest of a society whose members are not part of that corporation and do not get those extra rights and privileges that members receive. Also, the members of the corporation benefit unduly from freedom from the responsibilities that are passed on to the corporation. It is true that everyone has the right to incorporate, but it becomes virtually meaningless if you don’t have considerable wealth or a business that you wish to protect by incorporation. Even if these assets were gained by legitimate means, once you incorporate, your means for protecting or enhancing them are no longer entirely legitimate. The greater the wealth incorporated, the greater the adverse impact (practical effect) of that unfair advantage on society. There is nothing wrong with wealth, per se, no matter how great the amount, unless or until it is incorporated. There are economies of scale that do result in some businesses naturally being large, but nothing like the artificially induced conglomerates that we have today. Abolishing corporations would also put to rest the ridiculously anti-capitalist notion that “some businesses are too large to fail.” Jonathan S. Miller is a graduate student studying geography. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, members of comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’ Know, make the jump to the silver screen this weekend with Miss March. In an interview with The Diamondback, the two actor/writer/directors discuss shooting at the Playboy mansion and the possibility of a Whitest Kids movie in the future. Check out the full article online under the Diversions tab at:
arts. music. living. movies. weekend. trailer watch PUBLIC ENEMIES Director Michael Mann knows slick entertainment better than most, and Public Enemies looks like it won’t disappoint. With Johnny Depp starring as notorious bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale as the man on his tail, the glossy-looking period piece could very well distinguish itself in a summer overstuffed with superheroes and spaceships. The cast is top notch — check Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard in one of her first English-speaking roles — and Mann has a pretty solid eye for action. Consider us appropriately teased. OPENS: July 1
THE LIMITS OF CONTROL Calling all space cadets and indie cinephiles (we’re sure there’s some overlap there): Jim Jarmusch’s follow up to Broken Flowers, The Limits of Control, is finally on its way. There’s plenty of echoes of Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai in the trailer, which doesn’t offer much aside from the basic plot involving a hit man in Spain. The mix of familiar Jarmusch faces (Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray) and welcomed newcomers (Gael García Bernal, John Hurt) makes for quite an ensemble. Meditate on this one for a while. Jarmusch has never failed to be interesting. OPENS: May 22 (limited)
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REVIEW | I LOVE YOU, MAN
Here comes the dick flick I Love You, Man gives a lightweight shot at male heterosexual relations BY RUDI GREENBERG Senior staff writer
“What’s a Bromance?” Brody Jenner asked rhetorically in the commercials for his MTV reality show, Bromance. “It’s the bond between you and your go-to guy.” In the show, Jenner used a reality contest to search for a new friend. Similarly, in I Love You, Man, Paul Rudd (Role Models) searches for a best friend, minus the benefit of reality television. Director John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) may have created the first entry in a new sub-genre: the bromantic comedy, although Rudd has his own affectionate term. “A dick flick,” Rudd called the film in a conference call with The Diamondback. “It’s the first ... exploration of platonic male friendships in a long time,” costar Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) added. I Love You, Man is exactly what it says it is — an attempt at turning the romantic comedy from boy meets girl to boy meets boy, but in a totally not-gay way. A simple film, I Love You, Man plays out like an excuse for Rudd and Segel to play off each other and the idea of heterosexual male relationships. With an all-star cast of comedic bit actors, I Love You, Man fits neatly into the conventions we’ve come to expect from the R-rated comedy — especially with Rudd and Segel at the helm — but ultimately, the film suffers from playing it too safe. Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a modest real estate agent with big dreams who proposes to girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones, The Office) in the film’s opening scene. When Zooey asks Peter who he will pick as his best man, he makes
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an admission: He doesn’t have any male friends. He’s always been better with females. Peter goes on a series of “man dates,” hoping to be set up with the right best friend. Instead, he gets a high-strung soccer fan, a gay guy (who kisses Peter) and a bunch of poker-playing beer guzzlers. None fit Peter’s needs until he meets Sydney Fife (Segel), an entrepreneur who shows up at a Peter-hosted open house to hunt for divorced women to sleep with. The two hit it off immediately, and Rudd is smitten. So begins the bromance. Peter courts Sydney, practicing his phone calls and getting giddy as a school girl — there’s also a running joke of Peter nervously inventing awkward colloquialisms (example: “Toots Mcgoots”) every time he says goodbye to Sydney. Eventually, the pair begins to hang
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out — mostly in Sydney’s man cave, which comes fully equipped with musical instruments, vinyl records, multiple televisions, bongs and a jerk-off station. The two eat six-foot subs, jam out on Rush songs (the progressive rock legends Segel idolized on Freaks and Geeks even make a cameo) and walk Sydney’s dog on the boardwalk. Sydney is the antithesis of Peter, a guy’s guy who only uses women for sex and loves to hang out with his bros. He’s also quite introspective and open, able to read people easily and always saying what’s on his mind. But Sydney has his own problems: All his friends are growing up, starting families and are too busy to spend time with him. As Sydney and Peter hang out more and more, it becomes clear that Sydney is using Peter just as much as Peter is
using Sydney. Conflict arises between Peter and Zooey and relationships are tested, as one would expect. But the plot really isn’t that important. In the end, it’s all about Rudd and Segel. The two have great chemistry — this is their third film together — and the film suffers when neither of them is on screen (a rare occurrence). Segel stands out the most — he’s playing a variation of his Knocked Up character — while Rudd’s performance seems a bit more forced. Rudd always plays better as an asshole, and this nice-guy routine doesn’t suit him that well. The supporting cast is a vast list of comedians and actors from various circles, but Jones takes up the most screen time next to Rudd and Segel. Unfortunately, Jones doesn’t offer much in terms of comedy, and her face seems stuck in various smiling expressions throughout the film. There’s a sub-plot involving Peter trying to sell Lou Ferrigno’s house, cause for many Incredible Hulk jokes, and even a fight between Ferrigno and Segel. I Love You, Man is light-hearted, never exploring much beyond the maleto-male relationship. There’s plenty of laughs but not much more. It’s the kind of comedy worth watching but not necessarily worth remembering — typical for an early spring release. If Segel’s breakout was Forgetting Sarah Marshall, then this is him settling into his comedic persona — let’s just hope he doesn’t favor safety more than risky choices. email@example.com
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As Isaiah Williams broke from his crouch to start his first 40-yard dash at the Terrapin football team’s Pro Timing Day yesterday, he felt his legs churning wildly. The former Terp wide receiver couldn’t have been happier. His trainers had taught him that part of a good start was feeling like he was about to fall down. But as his feet searched for traction, the feeling didn’t stop. Not more than 10 yards into the run, Williams was lunging across the artificial Cole Field House turf like a baseball player reaching for home plate. Williams quickly popped to his feet, a burn across his shirtless chest and a bloody scrape on his left knee, and headed back to run again. Two blazing runs later, Williams had scouts forgetting about his attempts to slip-andslide to the finish. By posting a team-best 4.38 40-time and tying cornerback Kevin Barnes for the team-best vertical jump at 41 inches, the receiver, who had just 10 catches during his senior season, emerged in a starring role at Pro Day. “A lot of [scouts] are coming up, and they’re a lot more friendly now,” said Williams, who had spent the past three months training in New Jersey for this opportunity. “Guys know my name. A guy walked up and was like, ‘Isaiah, did you do this?’ and I was like, ‘Whoa, I didn’t even know you knew my name.’” Williams was one of 24 former Terps, the most in coach Ralph Friedgen’s eight-year tenure, who went through a series of exercises and positional workouts throughout the afternoon for more than 40 scouts representing 25 teams. Former Terps and current NFL players Jared Gaither and Andrew Crummey were among the crowd that followed the action closely. Some, such as wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and tight end Dan Gronkowski, who were among six Terps at the NFL Combine in February, were con-
fident enough in their previous workouts to skip most of the testing portion. For most, it was their only opportunity to show they deserve a chance in the NFL. “I’m hoping for the best for all of them,” Friedgen said. “The good thing is about 90 percent of them have their degrees, and they’ll have other opportunities. But this is today, and hopefully they won’t have to really go to work for a long time.” The 24 players rallied around each other to push for better workout results. During the bench press portion, the players stood on the adjacent lifting platforms and shouted encouragement. As the players waited to run their 40s, they milled about trying to psych each other up with a fist bump or back pat. Linebacker Moise Fokou, who acknowledged he “slacked off” at the Combine in the bench press and vertical jump, said being in a familiar setting helped him improve his previous numbers. “To know we had such a big, talented group is special for this class and coach Friedgen,” Fokou said. “We’re all out here trying to show our stuff. We’ve been doing it forever, and we’re just trying to have some fun with it.” Defensive tackle Dean Muhtadi, known as a vocal motivator, was one of several Terps slowed by injury. Though clearly disappointed that a hamstring injury kept him out of the running drills, he stood by cheering on his teammates. “I think after this everybody is going to wing night, so we’ll see what happens, like the old days,” Muhtadi said. “It should be a good one.” Heyward-Bey, who is projected by most as a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, also skipped the running portion. His 4.30 40yard dash at the Combine was the fastest of any wide receiver, and he said trying to go any faster yesterday probably would’ve resulted in a pulled muscle. Heyward-Bey, who said one of his goals for the day was supporting his fellow wide receivers, still gained attention with a good posi-
Tight end Dan Gronkowski (top) and wide receiver Isaiah Williams (left) worked hard in tryouts to prove to NFL scouts (right) they were worthy of a spot in the sport’s top league. MATTHEW CREGER/THE DIAMONDBACK
tional workout. On one play, the 6-foot-3 receiver drew approval from the many players and family members in attendance as he chased down a badly overthrown pass from former Terp quarterback Sam Hollenbach. While Heyward-Bey’s NFL future seems secure, many of the Terps will remember Pro Day as their one shot to make an impression on NFL scouts.
Williams will have the scars to prove it. As he went to participate in individual drills, Williams proudly showed off his wounds and basked in his newfound attention. “I feel like I got scratched by a cheese grater,” Williams said, smiling. “I’m sure I’ll feel it when I get in the shower.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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N.C. State Wolfpack
18-12, 7-9 ACC
16-13, 6-10 ACC
TERPGAMEDAY Terrapins vs. N.C. State
WHEN: Tonight, 7 p.m. WHERE: Atlanta; Georgia Dome TV: ESPN2 DATA: The Terps look to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The Terps lost in the first round in each of the past two seasons.
PUT UP OR SHUT UP
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After a season of ups and downs, the ACC Tournament is the Terps’ last chance to play their win to the NCAA Tournament. Lose to the Wolfpack tonight and the Terps will be headed to the NIT for the fourth time in five years. Win, and they still likely need to beat Wake Forest in the quarterfinals tomorrow, but at least they’ll still have a shot.
TERPTRACKER TEAM STATS TERPS
71.6 42.1 32.4 76.8 36.7 14.8 12.5
73.1 47.7 38.0 71.5 35.8 15.2 14.5
Average PPG Field Goal % 3-Point % Free Throw % Rebounds/G Assists/G Turnovers/G
BEATING THE ZONE The Terps struggled against Virginia in the regular season finale when the Cavaliers switched to a zone defense in the second half. N.C. State usually plays man-to-man, but Gary Williams said he thinks teams might try to play zone against the Terps in the ACC Tournament.Williams and Greivis Vasquez need to be on the same page.
FELLS AT FULL STRENGTH?
MIN PTS REB AST
G G G F F
34.2 17.2 5.4 19.2 5.0 3.6 24.4 9.1 3.0 28.8 12.2 5.2 23.3 8.2 4.3
G. Vasquez S. Mosley A. Bowie L. Milbourne D. Neal
Senior guard Courtney Fells is the Wolfpack’s best defensive player, and he is expected to play despite nursing a groin injury that forced him to miss the Wolfpack’s last regular season game. Fells appeared healthy in the teams’ meeting March 1, and Vasquez still scored 33 points on him.
4.8 1.4 2.6 0.6 0.8
MIN PTS REB AST
G G F F F
29.6 20.9 29.8 28.7 18.1
C. Fells J. Gonzalez B. McCauley B. Costner T. Smith
11.6 3.5 1.5 6.7 2.0 3.3 12.4 7.8 1.7 13.6 6.1 2.3 10.2 4.5 0.6
TERP F LANDON MILBOURNE VS. WOLFPACK F BRANDON COSTNER
SERIES RECORDS ALL-TIME SERIES LAST MEETING
N.C. State leads 72-71 March 1, 2009
RECENT MEETINGS 2009-(A)2008-(H)2007-(H)2007-(A)2006-(A)2005-(A)2005-(H)-
W, Terps 71, N.C. State 60 W, Terps 84, N.C. State 70 W, Terps 79, N.C. State 59 W, Terps 85, N.C. State 70 L, Terps 58, N.C. State 62 L, Terps 63, N.C. State 82 L, Terps 69, N.C. State 85
Guard Adrian Bowie and the Terps are hoping to soar in the ACC Tournament, needing at least one win to have any chance to make the NCAA Tournament. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
Costner is the Wolfpack’s leading scorer and most athletic offensive threat, and it will be up to Milbourne to contain him. A 6-foot-9 junior from Montclair, N.J., Costner is averaging 13.6 points per game this season, but was held to just six points against the Terps on March 1. Milbourne, a 6-foot-7 junior from Roswell, Ga., struggled in that game as well. He scored just five points, well below his season average of 12.2 points per game.
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second half, running through the Terps like they were standing and scoring four unanswered goals in WASHINGTON – The Terrapin about 7 minutes to grab their only women’s lacrosse team came into lead of the game. “We didn’t come out the best that its game against No. 8 Georgetown riding high after two straight top-5 we can,” midfielder Karri Ellen Johnson said. wins against ACC rivals. Reese called a timeout, yelling at Wednesday’s match, though, them in the huddle and trybore no similarity to the ing to wake her team up team’s powerful performand light a competitive fire. ances against Virginia Luckily for the Terps, it and Duke, instead showW. LACROSSE worked. Goalkeeper Britcasing sluggish and sloppy play. By the finish, the No. 2 TERPS . . . . . . . . 14 tany Dipper, who had Terps were humbled No. 8 Georgetown . . . 12 started the game, came back in for Mary Jordan even in victory. “We really kept waiting to see a after the timeout and saved the next spark ... someone that was going to Georgetown shot and got the ball step up,” coach Cathy Reese said. back in the Terps’ possession. After driving downfield, Johnson “And we kept waiting. A lot of our players seemed flat today. I don’t passed to Brandi Jones just outside the crease. The attacker scored the know why it was.” The No. 2 Terps (5-0, 2-0 ACC) first Terp goal in 13 minutes. Jones won 14-12 at No. 8 Georgetown (3- tied with attacker Sarah Mollison to 2) on Wednesday afternoon, their lead the Terps with three goals, becoming the fifth different Terp to third consecutive top-10 victory. But the Terps were not at the top lead the team in goals in a game. “I’m proud of our girls for finding of their game. They lacked urgency and seemed complacent, which a way to pull it out when things perhaps could be expected coming weren’t perfect, when things off a pair of emotional wins aveng- weren’t going our way,” Reese said. That began a five-goal, lead-reing all three of last year’s losses. “I felt like we were slow,” Reese claiming run. Jones scored two said. “We were slow to start. This is more goals in the run, which gave our first midweek game of the sea- them a 14-10 advantage. The Terps’ sloppy play did not son, and against a top-10 team. ... It’s tough to play an afternoon, especial- end with the run, and they allowed ly after coming off the win on Friday two more Georgetown goals before the game’s end, but the offensive night, which was a huge win for us.” Midfielder Amanda Spinnenwe- onslaught was enough to win. “I expect more of our offense,” ber scored a breakaway goal with one second left in the first half. The Reese said. “We were kind of score gave the Terps an 8-6 lead throwing the ball away. We missed a and momentum heading into the few passes. ... But we were able to final 30 minutes. But the Terps find a way to stick together and get came out flat, any energy from the the job done when we needed to and find a way to pull out the win.” thrilling end to the first half gone. Georgetown took advantage of the Terps’ lack of aggression in the email@example.com
Terps — and most experts — believe a lone win against N.C. State tonight will not be enough to reach the NCAA Tournament. The Terps would then have to beat their second-round opponent, No. 2 seed Wake Forest, to form a worthy resumé. “[The Terps] didn’t beat anybody off their home floor, except for Michigan State,” said Jerry Palm, founder of www.Collegerpi.com. “The reason they are in the position they are in is their inability to win games away from their home floor.” In interviews this week, Palm and Sports Illustrated college basketball writer Andy Glockner agreed that two victories should be enough for the Terps to secure a tournament bid. But looking ahead to a potential second-round matchup against the Demon Deacons, who defeated the Terps 65-63 on March 3, isn’t really an option for the Terps. “You have to beat N.C. State — that’s the whole focus,” Williams said. “You don’t get two wins unless you beat N.C. State.” That will be no easy task, either. No ACC game is, according to Williams. When the Terps and the Wolfpack met in Raleigh, N.C., on March 1, the game was an even battle until the final few minutes. N.C. State’s large frontcourt, which features Ben McCauley, Tracey Smith and Brandon Costner — all 6-foot-8 or taller — posed some problems for the Terps, as the Wolfpack were a pluseight on the boards. Smith was the biggest handful, accounting for team highs of 19 points and nine rebounds. “He’s one of those guys who just keeps moving all the time,” forward Landon Milbourne said. “He’s athletic, and he’s strong with the ball.” But the Terps were able to minimize
the damage by switching to a zone defense midway through that game and Greivis Vasquez put the team on his back, scoring 33 points in an eventual 71-60 win. Should they beat the Wolfpack again, the Terps will theoretically be halfway to an NCAA Tournament berth. But the Terps’ future is also contingent on what goes on across the country. Forward Dave Neal said he has been watching other conference championship games intently. Every time a team like Siena wins its championship, it eliminates another contender in the at-large pool. When No. 16 Butler fell to Cleveland State in the Horizon League championship Tuesday night, it pushed Butler into an at-large shoo-in, restricting an extra spot. If enough falls the Terps’ way and favorites win their conferences while other bubble teams falter, one win in the ACC Tournament possibly, though improbably, could lead them into the Big Dance. Alternatively, they could win a pair of games this week, and even that might not be enough. “Two wins would put us in good shape, but we’re going down there to win the tournament just like we did in 2004,” Williams said. Milbourne affirmed his coach’s intentions. “We’re not trying to go down there and win one or two games to qualify,” he said. “We’re trying to go down there and compete. The best thing we can do is win games. Period.” That year, the Terps finished the regular season 7-9, as they did this season. But with eight teams in the conference back then, instead of the current 12, it only took three victories to capture the ACC Tournament crown and an automatic bid. The Terps are 14 in the conference tournament since
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Landon Milbourne and the Terps cannot afford to leave Atlanta with anything less than two wins if they want to make NCAAs. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
that season. The current players aren’t counting out the possibility of winning four straight games just yet. “If [Vasquez] plays well, I play well, Landon plays well, we get a couple guys stepping up, I don’t see why we can’t make a run to Sunday,” Neal said. After the Virginia loss last weekend, Vasquez talked about what his team needed to do this week to make up for what had just happened. He discussed winning the ACC Tournament, as unlikely as that seemed in the aftermath of a defeat against one of the conference’s worst teams. “We might have to make something impossible, possible,” Vasquez said. If they can, Williams may make more frequent trips to the Georgia Dome. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE LAST CHANCE Gary Williams and the Terps have the ACC Tournament as an opportunity to win over the members of the selection committee
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Rotations switched throughout the year BY MARK SELIG Senior staff writer
How will the Terps cope with a lack of experience in the frontcourt? Sophomore center Braxton Dupree was supposed to be the answer. He was the talk of the pre-season after shedding 20 pounds during the summer. Dupree started the first six games but never made a real impact. He finished the regular season with just 53 total points on 36.5 percent shooting. The Terps soon turned to senior Dave Neal, who fared much better as their starting “big man.” He averaged 8.2 points per game and often guarded the opposition’s best post player. Junior Landon Milbourne played out of position, adjusting from small to power forward. He was more than adequate in that role. Meanwhile, sophomore Dino Gregory was the only forward who received consistent minutes off the bench. He was a non-factor offensively but blocked shots, collected rebounds and ate some fouls. The Terps were manhandled on the boards in some games, but this unit held its own — at least more than many people expected.
How will Williams find time for his batch of talented guards? With Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, Adrian Bowie, Cliff Tucker, and Sean Mosley all vying for playing time, it was a foregone conclusion that one would be left out of the mix for an extended period of time. That one was Cliff Tucker who calcified on the bench during the first half of the conference season. “I don’t know what it is; he just don’t want to play me,” Tucker said after he received zero minutes in a home win against Miami.
Eric Hayes and Cliff Tucker both have gone in and out of the starting lineup this season for the Terps. Both players are currently important members of an eight-man rotation. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
Eventually, Tucker would work himself back into the lineup. Hayes’ minutes slightly decreased from last season (33.4 mpg) to this one (29.5). Even Vasquez played about three minutes less per game, while still leading the team in court time. Bowie and Mosley got what they deserved, each playing a little more than half the game in conference battles. The Terps were able to accommodate so many of their guards because they constantly had at least three on the court.
Can the Terps prevent the types of damaging losses they suffered last season? Not exactly. They didn’t have as many bad losses, but their bad ones surely hurt. The Terps frittered away double-digit leads in five losses, in-
cluding a head-scratching home defeat against eventual MEAC champions Morgan State. And for the second straight year, at the most inopportune time, they failed to beat a tame Virginia squad in the season finale. The Terps can look to any one of those losses as the difference between being an NCAA Tournament team and an NIT team, should they fail to make the Big Dance for the fourth time in five seasons.
Do the Terps have a legitimate shot to make the NCAA Tournament? An 11-2 start to the season, including an upset victory against then-No. 5 Michigan State, gave everybody a reason to believe. The loss to Morgan State and subsequent 2-4 conference start mellowed that excitement. Now, after an 18-12 (7-9 ACC)
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regular season, the Terps certainly have a legitimate shot — but it could require a big upset win. First, they must get past N.C. State in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. Then, they would have to defeat mighty Wake Forest, whom the Terps took to the wire on Senior Night at Comcast Center. A couple wins would likely be enough to bolster the Terps’ resumé, but it all depends on what the other bubble teams do in the final week. The season isn’t played in a vacuum.
Who will be the starting five on opening night? Tucker, Milbourne, Dupree, Vasquez, Hayes. (It sure seems like a while ago when you look at it that way.) Only Milbourne and Vasquez are still starters for the Terps as Mosley, Neal and Bowie have
Guard Greivis Vasquez is one of just two Terps who has been in the starting lineup all season. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
usurped the other three slots. No other player has started a game for Maryland. After a 4-1 start, Williams swapped Mosley for Tucker for a game. The Terps got hammered by Georgetown, so out went Dupree and in came Neal. Bowie played so well during the Thanksgiving weekend tournament in Orlando that he seized the spot that Mosley took from Tucker.
Then, for 14 games, that lineup stayed the same. With Hayes struggling to find his shot and Mosley increasing his production, the two traded roles in the 21st game, making the starting lineup what we’ve seen everyday for the past 10 games, save for the night Bowie was too sick to start at Georgia Tech. email@example.com
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ACC men’s basketball tournament bracket ACC STAFF PICKS No. 1 North Carolina No. 2 Wake Forest
The Diamondback’s sports staff makes picks based on the ACC regular season and figures out our own awards. All awards and distinctions are ACC only. Mark Selig
No. 8 Virginia Tech
No. 7 TERRAPINS
Greg Schimmel No. 9 Miami
No. 10 N.C. State
No. 5 Clemson
Champion: North Carolina Runner-Up: Wake Forest Semifinalists: Clemson, Duke Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough Defensive Player of the Year: Trevor Booker Rookie of the Year: Al-Farouq Aminu Sixth Man of the Year: Ishmael Smith Coach of the Year: Leonard Hamilton
Champion: North Carolina Runner-Up: Duke Semifinalists: Wake Forest, Florida State Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough Defensive Player of the Year: Toney Douglas Rookie of the Year: Al-Farouq Aminu Sixth Man of the Year: Ed Davis Coach of the Year: Leonard Hamilton
No. 6 Boston College
No. 11 Virginia
No. 12 Georgia Tech
Champion: Duke Runner-Up: North Carolina Semifinalists: Clemson, Wake Forest Player of the Year: Gerald Henderson Defensive Player of the Year: Toney Douglas Rookie of the Year: Al-Farouq Aminu Sixth Man of the Year: Tracey Smith Coach of the Year: Al Skinner
No. 4 Florida State
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Champion: North Carolina Runner-Up: Duke Semifinalists: Clemson, Wake Forest Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough Defensive Player of the Year: Trevor Booker Rookie of the Year: Al-Farouq Aminu Sixth Man of the Year: Ed Davis Coach of the Year: Leonard Hamilton
No. 3 Duke
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Welcome to the ACC A look around the Atlantic Coast Conference with the ACC Tournament looming BY ADI JOSEPH AND MARK SELIG
the past and this could be a dark-horse squad.
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No. 6-seed Boston College (21-10, 9-7 ACC) Top Players: G Tyrese Rice (17.4 ppg, 5.4 apg), F Joe Trapani (13.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 76-67 win away on Jan. 27. Outlook: The Eagles have pretty much locked up an NCAA Tournament bid, but a first-round loss to Virginia could make them nervous on Selection Sunday. Then again, Rice is one of the ACC’s best players. He has led his team to big wins in
No. 5-seed Clemson (23-7, 9-7 ACC) Top Players: F Trevor Booker (15.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg), G K.C. Rivers (14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 93-64 win at home on Feb. 17. Outlook: The Tigers lost out on a first-round bye after dropping three of their last four games. Still, it’s been pretty clear this season that the Tigers are part of the ACC elite. Booker and Rivers make a potent inside-outside combination.
No. 3-seed Duke (25-6, 11-5 ACC) Top Players: G Gerald Henderson (16.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg), F Kyle Singler (16.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 85-44 win at home on Jan. 24; 78-67 win away on Feb. 25 Outlook: Big shocker: The Blue Devils are among the conference elite once again in 2009. Duke has a stalwart defense and a pair of stars who can control a game when they get hot. Henderson has become perhaps the best player in the league during ACC play.
No. 4-seed Florida State (23-8, 10-6 ACC) Top Players: G Toney Douglas (20.8 ppg, 3.0 apg), C Solomon Alabi (8.2 ppg, 2.2 bpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 76-73 OT win at home on Jan. 17 Outlook: As the surprise team of the ACC, the Seminoles are a dark horse to win the conference tournament. Coach Leonard Hamilton entered the year with his job potentially on the line, but he and point guard Douglas have carried a big season in Tallahassee.
No. 12-seed Georgia Tech (11-18, 2-14 ACC) Top Players: F Gani Lawal (15.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, .555 FG%), F Alade Aminu (12.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 68-61 loss away on Jan. 10; 57-56 loss at home on Feb. 8 Outlook: The Yellow Jackets will be playing for pride after a season in which they underachieved. Still, they do have two potent post players in Lawal and Aminu. Additionally, freshman point guard Iman Schumpert is just erratic enough to lead a team to a first-round shocker. Point guard Jeff Teague has led Wake Forest back to national prominence this season. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
No. 7-seed Maryland (18-12, 7-9 ACC)
Top Players: G Greivis Vasquez (17.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, 5.4 rpg), F Landon Milbourne (12.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: N/A Outlook: The Terps will likely need two more wins to reach the Big Dance, after dropping to Virginia last weekend. Can they beat anyone? They’ve proven it against North Carolina. But road and neutral court struggles make things a bit more difficult to imagine.
No. 11-seed Virginia Cavaliers (10-17, 4-12 ACC) Top Players: G Sylven Landesberg (16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg), F Mike Scott (10.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 84-78 loss away on Jan. 20; 68-63 win at home on March 7 Outlook: After pulling off a nice upset on Senior Night against the Terps, Virginia now takes its otherwisestruggling show on the road. The team is young and very unpolished. This very clearly is not Virginia’s year, but they are playing for pride, and that can be dangerous.
No. 9-seed Miami Hurricanes (18-11, 7-9 ACC) Top Players: G Jack McClinton (19.7 ppg, 46.4 3P%), F Dwayne Collins (10.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 58.0 FG%) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 62-60 win at home on Jan. 14; 73-68 loss away on Jan. 31 Outlook: McClinton’s shooting ability is enough to bury a team when he’s really hot. The Hurricanes, though, have been one of the major disappointments of the ACC. Their NCAA Tournament hopes have diminished, but it’s not impossible to imagine a shocking ACC Tournament run.
No. 1-seed North Carolina Tar Heels (27-3, 13-3 ACC) Top Players: F Tyler Hansbrough (21.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg), G Ty Lawson (15.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 46.7 3P%) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 108-91 win at home on Feb. 3; 88-85 OT loss away on Feb. 21 Outlook: Everyone’s favorite to win it all since before the season, the Tar Heels are now back atop the ACC and the NCAA rankings. Early conference play wasn’t so friendly to them, but the Tar Heels have unbelievable individual talent that can make up for the defensive lapses they are prone to.
No. 10-seed N.C. State Wolfpack (16-13, 6-10 ACC) Top Players: F Brandon
No. 8-seed Virginia Tech Hokies (17-13, 7-9 ACC)
Gerald Henderson is one of the ACC’s most athletic players. He has scored 20 points or more in nine games this season already. JACLYN BOROWSKI/THE DIAMONDBACK
Costner (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), F Ben McCauley (12.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 71-60 loss at home on March 1 Outlook: The Wolfpack entered the year with mixed expectations and finished with mixed results. They face the Terps again less than two weeks after allowing Vasquez to drop 33 points on them. Still, Costner and McCauley can turn things up enough to give the Wolfpack a decent shot at a win or two.
Top Players: G Malcolm Delaney (18.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.8 apg), G A.D. Vassallo (18.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 83-73 loss away on Feb. 14 Outlook: Losing six of their final seven games buried the Hokies’ NCAA Tournament hopes. But between Delaney, Vassallo and forward Jeff Allen, Virginia Tech may have just enough to keep things interesting as a potential ACC Tournament dark horse.
No. 2-seed Wake Forest Demon Deacons (24-5, 11-5 ACC) Top Players: G Jeff Teague (19.4 ppg, 3.6 apg), F James Johnson (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) 2008-09 vs. Terps: 65-63 win away on March 3 Outlook: While the Demon Deacons have fallen from earlier in this season, when they were considered perhaps the nation’s best team. Still, they are long, athletic and very talented. No fewer than four players on this team have the potential to be NBA Draft picks one day. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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Can the Terrapin women’s basketball team make the final four without a role player stepping up? The rest of the team is crucial in tourney
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t takes an entire team to win college basketball games in March and April. You cannot make a final four when only two players are carrying everybody else, even if your top two players are Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver. If the Terps are going to have success in the upcoming NCAA Tournament — and success for this team can only be measured with at least a final four berth — they will need to continue to get strong performances from the role players. That’s not to say the Terps won’t, or that they haven’t been getting that kind of production from the underclassmen. It’s just to say it needs to continue. Sure, Coleman and Toliver have carried the Terps through individual games this season virtually by themselves. The second regularseason game against Duke stands out as an example. But during the course of a postseason tournament, you are going to run into cold shooting nights for your superstars, and you are going to run into teams that can beat you from any of their five positions. The recent ACC Tournament run serves as a fine example. The Terps needed big contributions from their role players in their quarterfinal game against Wake Forest when Coleman and Toliver struggled from the floor. They got big games from Lynetta Kizer and Dee Liles, and they advanced. Against North Carolina in the semifinals and a more inspired Duke team in the finals, they faced opponents with five starters who could match up with them and weren’t going to back down. Coleman and Toliver led the way in both games, combining for 54 points against the Tar Heels and 52 against the Blue Devils, but they also got help from the supporting cast. Kizer was a force underneath the basket against the Tar Heels despite foul trouble, finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds. Kim Rodgers added 11 points in that game. Marah Strickland caught fire for a stretch against the Blue Devils, finishing with 11 points after knocking down three 3-pointers. Rodgers had 12 points in the title game. Coleman and Toliver will largely dictate how far the Terps go in the NCAA Tournament, and in all likelihood will be the Terps’ two leading scorers in just about every game. But without significant contributions from Yah-Yah, Dee, Big Strick and the rest of the crew, the Terps will come up short. Riss and KT can only take you so far. Kristi Toliver (top) and Marissa Coleman (bottom) have established themselves as elite-level players. Their supporting cast has drawn questions at times this season. ADAM FRIED/THE DIAMONDBACK
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arissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver are special players. Each is the type of player you can build a team around. Except the Terps have both. One recruiting class. One backcourt. One NCAA Championship. One ACC Championship. These two are so good, their biggest competition this year has been themselves. They’ve been reduced to scrapping over ACC accolades, though I’m sure neither actually cares about those things. Their career accomplishments sound like obituaries, but they’ve accomplished all that in just four seasons. Coleman is second in Terp history in both points and rebounds. Toliver is third in points, first in assists. The duo is 123-18 in four years. They’ve both hit big shots. They’ve both screamed in joy. They’ve both cried in disappointment. And, through the last 12 games, they’ve done nothing more than win every one. This team is the hottest in the land other than Connecticut, and fans know who to thank: Nos. 20 and 25. Now that we’ve got that established, let’s ask the real question: why can’t the Terps make the final four on the backs of Coleman and Toliver? Why do they suddenly need to rely on the efforts of their teammates after a season where they’ve beaten the best nearly single-handedly? Take the ACC Championship against Duke, a game in which the players affectionately known as KT and Riss scored a combined 52 of the Terps’ 92 points. In overtime, that number jumped to 9 of the team’s 11 counters. In two meetings against North Carolina this year, the pair has combined for 99 of 172 points and 17 assists to boot. In addition, Coleman and Toliver are easily the Terps’ best ball handlers and create enough easy opportunities that the rest of the Terps can do what comes naturally. No, they won’t win if Lynetta Kizer can’t grab a rebound, Dee Liles never runs the court and Marah Strickland freezes up from beyond the arc. But nothing is needed from those players beyond their typical production. In the ACC Tournament, it was obvious that a fullteam effort was needed through the weekend. But that was a three-games-in-three-days scenario. If Coleman and Toliver can rest up a bit, they’re as good as anyone in the country. Additionally, to make the final four simply means protecting a No. 1 seed. I can give credence to the belief they might need more from other players to beat top teams such as Connecticut or Oklahoma. Hell, I’m not sure career-best performances from Coleman and Toliver would be good enough against Connecticut this year with the way that team is playing. So yeah, when they get there, they’ll need help. But until then, the special seniors can carry a team.
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